Intercepting Blessings

From what I understand Liberia is now Ebola free. That is great to hear. I have only heard rumors about what will happen with reopening the mission. I am excited to know what will come about.

This week my companion and I went to visit the Brown family. We met with them to check up on how everything is going for their family. They said, “Everything is good except for maybe one thing.” We asked, “What is that?” He said, “We joined the church some time ago. Since then our family has been out of favor in our neighborhood for being members. That didn’t bother us too much because we knew that what they were saying about the church was not true.” Brother Brown explained to us that there are a lot of strange rumors being spread around by people in a church that is near their house. It is interesting how many people believe the crazy rumors.

One rumor is that Mormons collect all of the blessings from the people that they live next to. By that they mean if you asked God to bless you with something the Mormon will intercept that blessing and you will be left without. For example, if they pray for a car the Mormon will magically get one then next day.

The fact they have spread the rumor has not been what has troubled Brother Brown. What has been difficult is that a group of the church members gather in the neighboring home, come to the closest window to Brother Brown’s window and shout and pray in tongues at 8:30 to 9:30 pm then again at 3:00-4:00 am every night. These neighbors are praying to keep their blessings and hope to cause the Brown family so much trouble that they will move. These people figure that way they will keep their blessings.

Brother Brown said they have been preventing the whole family from sleeping though the whole night. I asked Brother Brown what he has done about it. He replied, “Nothing.” I asked him how long this has been happening and he said, “For some time. I thought that they would just get tired and give up like my other neighbors.” He also explained that he feels if he does act against them or try to stop them it will only make it worse. He is probably right.

This week was good we contacted a lot of interesting people that are not that interested. But that is just a part of the work I guess. If all goes well we have a baptism for another Damtse family member so that is exciting.

This week I have been reading D&C along with a church history student manual and have learned a lot. I ended up reading up to the 1870s where the Tabernacle was constructed I found it all very interesting. There were a lot more miracles then I was used to thinking.
I hope you all have a great week.

– Elder Orton

It is common in Ghana for a family to build one room at a time as they can afford it and live in it until a long time later when the home is finished

It is common in Ghana for a family to build one room at a time as they can afford it and live in it until a long time later when the home is finished

A view from a Ghanaian home

A view from a Ghanaian home

This is a view from the internet cafe

This is a view from the internet cafe

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